The Tuba Thieves

The Tuba Thieves (2024)

  • Genre: Documentary, Drama
  • Release Date: 2024-03-15
  • Runtime: 1h 32min
  • Language: English
  • Production Company: ITVS
  • Production Country: United States of America
  • Director: Alison O'Daniel


A spate of robberies in Southern California schools had an oddly specific target: tubas. In this work of creative nonfiction, d/Deaf first-time feature director Alison O’Daniel presents the impact of these crimes from an unexpected angle. The film unfolds mimicking a game of telephone, where sound’s feeble transmissibility is proven as the story bends and weaves to human interpretation and miscommunication. The result is a stunning contribution to cinematic language. O’Daniel has developed a syntax of deafness that offers a complex, overlaid, surprising new texture, which offers a dimensional experience of deafness and reorients the audience auditorily in an unfamiliar and exhilarating way.

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  • Nyeisha Prince

    as Nyke
  • Russell Harvard

    as Nature Boy
  • Geovanny Marroquin

    as Geovanny
  • Warren Snipe

    as Arcey
Directing Alison O'Daniel Director
Sound Ethan Frederick Greene Original Music Composer
Writing Alison O'Daniel Writer
Editing Alison O'Daniel Editor
Sound Steve Roden Original Music Composer
Sound Christine Sun Kim Original Music Composer
Production Rachel Nederveld Producer
Production Wendy Ettinger Executive Producer
Production Maida Brankman Executive Producer
Production Jolene Mendes Line Producer
Production Eliza Moley Co-Producer
Production Alysa Nahmias Consulting Producer
Production Alison O'Daniel Producer
Production Elizabeth Skadden Producer
Camera Derek Howard Director of Photography
Camera Judy Phu Additional Photography
Camera Meena Singh Additional Photography
Editing Zack Khalil Editor
Production Su Kim Producer
Production Maya Rudolph Producer